Spanish Style Split Pea Soup Recipe



It’s Monday and today finds me well + happy.

Our weekend weather was my idea of perfect-o.  My cats were totally feeling it too.  Zooming around kicking up their heels – running, chasing, playing.  Made me laugh!

Not sure if you’ve noticed or not – but we’ve been doing some “re-decorating” sort of thing on Daymaker Readable Art site:

  • The ads that were a total distraction and annoying are gone!
  • Share buttons!
  • New artwork that finds you in the email box on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.  Subscribe and see it!  We’ll be changing it out from time to time for a fresh and new cool piece of artwork in the email greetings.
  • Clean-up of typos and little glitches that existed.
  • Friendlier navigation throughout the site.
  • Subscribe and Comments are no longer compromised.  (Fingers crossed you don’t hit a hiccup – if ya do – let us know and we’ll get it taken care of ASAP.)  We’re not finished yet – just wanted to share PROGRESS in the works.

The line-up of wonderfuls to click-on and check-out today are entertaining, inspiring and delicious-waiting-to-be-made!

Beginning with the Snuggle up or Scream October events.  Whether you are close enough to go to any — matters not so much — they’re all cool to read about.

Witty signage from El Arroyo outta Austin.  They’ve got a fun shop store of cards and small books – click here to check it out!  And their food is TDF!  I’ve been there several times.  Next time you’re in Austin – run don’t walk to the restaurant.  You won’t be disappointed.

The update story of the 150 year old Lahinais Banyon tree is miracle-stuff!

The 4 recipes are definitely a save and make SOON!

Can’t decide which is my favorite.  But the Pumpkin Seed Brittle is certainly tugging at me.  Cheese plate presentation or alongside a bowl of soup instead of bread or packaged in a cellophane bag (properly decorated) for gifting.

Tulip Flower Power – yes!  I’ve also read that we can put the tulip bulbs in pots (and daffodils, too) for a break through springtime event.  I, personally, am going to plant bulbs in pots around here – taking note from the article about timing and placement of the bulbs.

And last but, definitely, not least is the heart-beat-energy story of Tim (aka Goldie) Rock Star visiting nursing homes and bringing his one man show to the residents.  Wonderful human being!  I curtsy to you, Tim, bringer of joy where many would not even consider going.

I love, love, love when Tim shares that the best advice his dad gave him was something like – whether you’re playing for a group of 10 or a crowd of 10,000 – give them the same show.  Bravo!

I’ve watched the clip several times – and other than seeing Tim’s genuine sincerity and beautiful smile and performances – I totally noticed that a couple of the nursing home residents had a small stuffed animal they held or kept close to them.

I am so gonna go and buy a number of small stuffed animals, tie a ribbon around each happy little fluff and puff animal, and gift a piece of  joy to someone who now resides in a nursing home around Thanksgiving OR Christmas time.  Maybe both.

I think it’d be super cool if others thought about considering doing such in our small communities.  Spread the IDEA!

A funny, but meaningful story from my memory bank —
When my 2 sisters and I were young and visited our grandparents in Powell, Wyoming, my grandma would sometimes load us up in the car – along with plates of her homemade cookies – and we drove to the local nursing home.

And there – she would walk in – smiling and radiating love, swoop down and hug the residents and gift plates of cookies.

The residents were so happy just to have visitors!  It was a cool experience.

Then … came the performance time … hahaha
Grandma would instruct Jennie and Lisa and I, “Okay, girls, now we sing a song or two.”

“Oh, brother,” we thought – but we honored Grandma and sang.

By no stretch of the imagination does anyone in this family have the gift of a singing voice — but we did it.

The smiles that broke out on our “audience’s faces” still visits me today.  It was love-magic stuff.  I think it’s called extending yourself.  Grandma brought us to that place.  And I’ll never forget.

At this stage in my life, instead of singing – off tune – and not as a little kid led by our “choir director of 3” (aka Grandma) – I’m enticed with the gifting idea of the little stuffed animals!  Let it be JOY!

NOTICE REGARDING MY PETS article totally tickles my funny bone.  Truth is often times funnier than fiction.

Always. Always.  We are grateful for your time + comments + love.

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Dear Dogs and Cats:

The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food.  The other dishes are mine and contain my food.  Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a race track.  Racing me to the bottom is not the object.  Tripping me doesn’t help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed.  I am very sorry about this.  Do not think that I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort.  However, dogs and cats can actually curl  up in a ball when they sleep.  It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible.  I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom!  If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door.  I must exit through the same door I entered.  Also, I have been using the bathroom for years – canine/feline attendance is not required.

The proper order for kissing is: Kiss me first, then go smell the other dog or cat’s rear end.
I cannot stress this enough.

Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:


  1.   They live here.  You don’t.
  2.   If you don’t want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.  That’s why they call it ‘fur’-nature.
  3.   I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
  4.   To you, they are animals.  To me they are adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours and don’t speak clearly.


  1.   Eat less
  2.   Don’t ask for money all the time
  3.   Are easier to train
  4.   Normally come when called
  5.   Never ask to drive the car
  6.   Don’t hang out with drug-using people
  7.   Don’t smoke or drink
  8.   Don’t want to wear your clothes
  9.   Don’t have to buy them the latest fashions
  10.   Don’t need a gazillion dollars for college
  11.   If they get pregnant, you can sell their children

Amusing author unattributed
Courtesy and with permission from Mike and the Team

~ Ronald Reagan ~


5 replies
  1. Carol says:

    Well, the article on pets certainly left me laughing! Perfect for a Monday morning!!!

    The chocolate pie reminded me that my mom used to make a chocolate meringue that I thought was to die for. I’m pretty sure the pudding was made from a box but that didn’t matter. Having seen your recipe I’m ready to elevate the chocolate pie experience to a richer, creamier version.

    Loved the nursing home experience. You are so right about residents loving visitors, especially children. I used to visit my mom frequently when she was in a retirement center and was always tickled when I saw the residents’ reactions when someone brought in an infant – instant magnet! They came from every corner to see the baby! Lots of smiles and good wishes. Sunshine in their day.

    Thanks for the great reads.

  2. Marty says:

    Loved the remarks in your column, Cheryl, about CHILDREN singing and offering cookies to seniors in care facilities. I can see the seniors talking about the joy of it for weeks.

    A round of applause to STEPHANIE with her great ideas on Friday, October 6 of dressing us up for Halloween week.. That sounds easy and fun to do. PLUS the easy on-line shopping for costumes for less than $20 including free shipping. Who can resist taking advantage of that?

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hi Marty –

      Thanks for your compliments to both Stephanie and me.

      Much appreciate your time + thoughts + comments. Meaningful. Have a great day and we’ll see ya Wednesday.

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